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Woodbridge INOAC Technical Products Responds to the Global Need to Produce Face Masks

TROY, Mich. & MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada, April 9, 2020 – Woodbridge INOAC Technical Products (WITP), a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Woodbridge and INOAC Corp., today announced its response to the imperative call for medical supplies. WITP is in the process of converting its manufacturing facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Kitchener, Ontario and Woodbridge, Ontario to make face masks. WITP will be ramping up these sites to produce more than one million face masks per week to help increase access to protective gear for healthcare workers and others battling the spread of COVID-19 at hospitals and other facilities. WITP is exploring options to increase production in support of Mexico.

In Canada, the face mask is a Class 1 medical device as approved by Health Canada. In the U.S., the face mask is available under FDA product classification QKR. The Province of Ontario has placed an initial order of 15 million face masks. In the U.S., the face masks will be made available to local hospitals and other industries. Throughout the development process, WITP has been in direct contact with the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as U.S. Federal and State officials, task forces, several major hospital systems and other municipalities and organizations.

“These are challenging times that are impacting us all,” said Mike Simpson, President and General Manager, Woodbridge INOAC Technical Products. “We are extremely grateful to the medical personnel at the frontlines who are fighting the pandemic, and we are honored to do our part and to produce face masks that are needed. I also want to thank all our dedicated teammates who are working urgently to make this possible.”

To start production of the face masks, WITP is closely following public health guidance and will enforce government and local guidelines for sanitation and social distancing on-site at all facilities to protect teammates. In addition, WITP is also working on other initiatives to support the global COVID-19 pandemic such as face shields and hospital beds.

To develop and manufacture the face masks, WITP localized the INOAC Japan design by working in close collaboration, support and partnership with the Japan INOAC technical team. WITP also partnered with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), Hematite, Inc., McMaster University, Magna International, Inc., TS Tech Americas, Inc. and Toyota Boshoku Canada.

 

About Woodbridge

Woodbridge is a privately-owned company offering innovative material technologies for applications in automotive, commercial, recreational, packaging, healthcare and building products. In addition to its manufacturing operations, Woodbridge offers a full complement of services including: chemical research and development, product and process engineering, tooling, technical support and accredited laboratory testing. Woodbridge operates more than 50 facilities across 10 countries—employing over 7,500 teammates and serving more than 600 customers worldwide. To learn more, visit woodbridgegroup.com.

 

About INOAC Corp.

INOAC is a privately held Japanese Corporation with over 140 facilities operating in 14 countries in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and North America. As a pioneer in polyurethane technologies starting in the 1950’s, INOAC has been an innovator in material technologies in polyurethanes, plastics, elastomers and advanced materials for over six decades for a wide range of industries and applications. For more information, visit www.inoac.co.jp/en/.

 

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Media Contact:

Cynthia Emili

Marketing Manager

Phone: +1-416-896-0943

cynthia_emili@woodbridgegroup.com

 

 

Sales Inquiries:

Chris Lorenz

Sales Director

Mobile: +1-774-222-6548

Chris_Lorenz@woodbridgegroup.com

 

Anne Havens 

Business Development Manager – Medical

Mobile: +1-248-840-4387

ahavens@inoacusa.com

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Mississauga, ON, Tokyo, JP [January 31, 2018] - Woodbridge and INOAC of Japan are pleased to announce a new equal joint venture taking effect on January 31, 2018.

All of the Technical Foam facilities of Woodbridge and INOAC in North and South America, including those located in Chattanooga, TN, Springfield, KY, Moonachie, NJ and Monterrey, MX, will operate under the name Woodbridge INOAC Technical Products LLC™.

We are also pleased to announce the expansion of our existing Flexible Foam and Lamination joint venture in North America to include Olympic Products LLC. This facility in Greensboro, NC joins the existing operations in El Paso, TX (El Paso Lamination LLC and SW Foam LLC) and Saltillo, MX (Saltillo Lamination, S.A. de C.V.).

The Woodbridge INOAC relationship has spanned more than three decades; with remarkable success in the Automotive Flexible Foam and Lamination markets. This new collaboration brings valuable, sustainable technology solutions to the Technical Foam marketplace. 

Charles Daly, President & Chief Executive Officer, Woodbridge, states, “We are excited about expanding our longstanding partnership with INOAC to support our valued customers. The technical merits of both organizations allow us to deliver further innovations to these dynamic markets.”

Kenjiro Miwa, Representative Director, INOAC Corporation comments, “Our commitment to bring new and innovative products to the market can be realized through the synergies of this union with Woodbridge. We look forward to expanding our fruitful partnership and enhancing our customer’s experience.”

Woodbridge, a privately-owned company, offers innovative material technologies for applications in automotive, commercial, recreational, packaging, healthcare and building products. In the nearly 40-year span from its first plant in Woodbridge, Canada, Woodbridge has grown with operations in all the major manufacturing regions of the world. In addition to its manufacturing operations, Woodbridge offers a full complement of services including: chemical research and development, product and process engineering, tooling, technical support and accredited laboratory testing.

INOAC, a privately-owned company, was founded in 1926 in Nagoya, Japan as a manufacturer of tires and tubes for bicycles. Since that time, INOAC has become a leading innovator of materials-based solutions that include polyurethane technology, rubber, plastics and composite materials that contribute to a diverse industry base that includes automotive, electronics, building materials, home furnishings, consumer products and healthcare.

Woodbridge is a privately-owned Canadian company with 63 facilities operating in 21 countries, and is a global leader in the development and production of polyurethane products. Automotive applications include components for seating, structural support, occupant protection, headliner systems and acoustical management, as well as a full range of value added services including engineering and design, supply chain management, assembly, sequencing and JIT delivery solutions. For more information, visit www.woodbridgegroup.com.

INOAC is a privately held Japanese Corporation with over 140 facilities operating in 14 countries in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and North America. As a pioneer in polyurethane technologies starting in the 1950’s, INOAC has been an innovator in material technologies in polyurethanes, plastics, elastomers and advanced materials for over six decades for a wide range of industries and applications. For more information, visit www.inoac.co.jp/en/

Woodbridge Contact:Cynthia Emili, Marketing Manager Phone: 905-896-3626Email: cynthia_emili@woodbridgegroup.com

INOAC Contact:Jeremy Back, Vice-President of Sales Phone: 248-561-6230 Email: jback@inoacusa.com

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Chattanooga, USA, [August 11, 2017] - The Woodbridge Group, an international leader in the development and production of innovative urethane and particle foam technologies, is pleased to announce the acquisition and 100% ownership of Woodbridge FoamPartner Company and will begin operating as Woodbridge Technical Products Company (WTP) as of August 11, 2017.

This acquisition enables The Woodbridge Group to further support current customers with a broad line of technical polyurethane foam solutions.  The breadth of products provided by WTP, coupled with the Woodbridge research and development and product development teams, advances an already strong customer commitment to future innovation.  The newly named business unit Woodbridge Technical Products Company reinforces the organization’s strategic focus and will continue to manufacture slab urethane foams for a broad range of existing customers and markets including consumer products, automotive, filtration, medical and industrial.

The inception of the joint venture in 2007 created a win-win situation with successful growth of The Woodbridge Group. But strategic developments led us to conclude that it was in the best interest of both parties to dissolve our arrangement. We will be able to meet our obligations towards our customers, and we look forward to the continued collaboration with FoamPartner on new terms.

The Woodbridge Group offers innovative material technologies for applications in Automotive, Commercial, Recreational, Packaging, Healthcare and Building products.  In the nearly 40-year span from its first plant in Woodbridge, Canada, The Woodbridge Group has grown with operations in all the major manufacturing regions of the world. In addition to its manufacturing operations, Woodbridge offers a full complement of services including: chemical research and development, product and process engineering, tooling, technical support and accredited laboratory testing.

The Woodbridge Group is Canadian owned with 63 facilities operating in 21 countries, and is a global leader in the development and production of polyurethane products. Automotive applications include components for seating, structural support, occupant protection, headliner systems and acoustical management, as well as a full range of value added services including engineering and design, supply chain management, assembly, sequencing and JIT delivery solutions. For more information, visit www.woodbridgegroup.com. 

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Contact:            
Cynthia Emili, Global Marketing Manager
Phone: 905-896-3626
Email: cynthia_emili@woodbridgegroup.com


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